Tag: moving checklist and planner

Have You Seen Our Moving Checklist and Planner?

 

How prepared are you for your upcoming move? I ask these questions because people grossly underestimate the amount of preparation that’s needed in order to have a stress free move. I know that preparation and stress free checklistdon’t necessarily go hand in hand for some folks, but when you are moving an entire house planning ahead will save you a ton of angst on moving day.

Are Pet Expenses Tax Deductible?

 

I’ve posted in the past about tax deductible moving expenses. The post discusses which incurred costs are deductible if you move for work related reasons. For example, if specific requirements regarding timing, distance moved and Are pet expenses tax deductible?length of employment are met, certain travel expenses, household goods transportation, storage, and utility set up fees may be eligible for deduction on your tax return. If I am being totally honest though, I never considered whether or not pet fees could be deducted. Last week, a colleague of mine sent over an article that answered the question I didn’t even know I had: “Are pet expenses tax deductible?”

Why You Need to Keep Your Mover Informed on Home Inventory Changes

 

inventoryA while back I wrote a post on how to create your own home inventory and the benefits that come along with doing so. What I didn’t mention was why your home inventory is equally as important to your mover. Before signing a contract to work with any mover, you should receive an in home estimate to establish how much the move should cost. This cost is based on the amount of things you are moving, the weight of these things, the distance, and the services requested (packing, loading, unloading, unpacking, etc.). So what does this have to do with your home/move inventory? A lot of people assume that making “small” changes after your estimate won’t have an impact on your move or the cost. But it’s important to understand exactly what impact it does have.

Your 2015 Moving Resolution

 

moving resolutionHappy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful, happy, and safe holiday season filled with loved ones, laughs, good food, and some relaxation. I’ve been thinking a lot lately, as I’m sure many of you have been as well, about New Year’s Resolutions. What promises do I want to make myself for 2015 and what can I do to make sure I keep them? Most people go the fitness and healthy eating route, which is great! But I think it’s important to think of the other areas of our lives too. Are you saving up to buy a house? How much do you want to save by the end of the year? Are you moving for your or a spouse’s career? What can you do to stay happy in your career if you are moving for a loved one? Are you moving into a smaller home? How will you de-clutter and downsize without hurting anybody’s feelings? Whatever your situation may be, make yourself this moving resolution: “I will prepare.”

 

Annual Winter Moving Tips

 

winter moving tipsLast year, around this time, we provided a list of helpful articles and posts for those of you moving during the holiday season, as well as those of you moving during the winter season in general. Well, it’s that time of year again, so I want to take some time to remind you of my top five winter moving tips. The snow, cold, and ice add stress to our day to day lives without adding a move on top of it. But life doesn’t stop because the weather gets bad and so it’s important to know how to keep everything under control during your move.

How to Protect Your Identity During a Move

identity theftBetween packing, cleaning, planning, and keeping your normal life in order, protecting yourself from identity theft is probably not high on your moving to-do list. But it should be. Though you may not realize it, you are vulnerable to identity theft during a move. Important documents are moved from their safe and secure location and are more likely to be left out in the open while you prepare to (hopefully) carry them on your person on moving day. People are in and out of your house, things get misplaced, and if you’re stressed you may end up forgetting where you put certain things. Then there’s the mail forwarding: there could be a delay in your request leaving important private mail in the hands of your home’s new tenants or there could even be a mistake in the rerouting. These are all reasons to take the initiative to protect yourself.

A Reminder about Moving and Your Mail

Moving and Your MailToday we are going to talk about mail. And by mail I mean that papery stuff that arrives in the box in front of your house. I’m making jokes but, as more people rely on email for everything, the more they forget about the importance of hard mail. In fact, changing the mailing address with important entities (utilities, post office, cable,  bank, etc.) and filing for mail to be forwarded to your new address is one of the most overlooked, yet critical, steps in the moving process. Even though we rely on the internet for almost everything these days, important, and often time sensitive, notices do come in the mail. Further, friends and relatives may still want to send you cards and letters and paid subscriptions are worth updating, lest you want the new homeowners to get a free gift.

Have You Seen Our Moving Checklist and Planner?

How prepared are you for your upcoming move? I ask these questions because people grossly underestimate the amount of preparation that’s needed in order to have a stress free move. I know that preparation and stress free don’t necessarily go hand in hand for some folks, but when you are moving an entire house planning ahead will save you a ton of angst on moving day.